March’s All College Meeting was packed full of information right before the spring break holiday.
Vice president of Academics Jimmie Bruce started the meeting by announcing a contest to design a logo for Faculty Development Day on Saturday, Aug. 18. A prize will be given to the winner.
NVC president Jackie Claunch talked about findings from a report that named NVC a top-performing college in addition to Temple College and Wharton County Junior College. The 2011 report, produced by TG Communications, is titled “With Great Challenges Come Great Opportunities: Promising Practices of Texas Community Colleges.”
She said some of the key findings include that NVC has significant faculty and staff involvement and is student focused. Jackie said opportunities that the colleges can improve upon include improving student communication and access to services, using data to improve processes and empowering and developing employees.
This summer, Jackie said, the colleges will stop requiring transcripts of summer-only students who are coming in from other universities to take courses. She said that will give staff time to advise other NVC students. The summer registration date is April 9. The tentative fall registration date is May 14.
Vinnie Bradford, chair of Fine & Performing Arts & Kinesiology, said March 29 is the debut of the stage performance “Cabaret,” which is produced by Allegro Stage Company and the NVC Drama Department. Everyone at the All College Meeting was given one free “Cabaret” ticket. She said the production includes professional actors and students working together to put on the show.
Andrew Schuetze, director of NVC’s Texas Institute for Educational Robotics, gave a recap about the regional FIRST robotics convention in San Antonio last weekend. Thousands of students from kindergarten to high school participated in robotics conventions and activities. To learn more, see the story.
Don’t forget to fill out the PACE survey – to reflect your experiences at NVC.
Carlos Acosta encouraged faculty to join the NVC chapter of the American Association of Union Professors. He said the chapter needs more support. The chapter will sponsor a barbecue on March 20.
Jackie encouraged employees to tell students about the “Graduation Idol” contest which is looking for a commencement speaker.
Amanda Gorrell announced the library has an interactive Women’s History Month display. For more information, click here.
- Robin Carrillo said the Recruitment Team is looking to partner with those on campus who are working closely with Northside schools. The team can provide materials, training, giveaways or other forms of support. For information, contact Alyssia Woolard of the Recruitment Team.
Kinesiology Scholarship Challenge – Help endow a kinesiology scholarship for students. If $1,500 more is raised, the fund will be endowed. You can help support the scholarship by clicking here, choosing an amount and then select Vista Dash for Dollars. You can also contact Daniel Johnson of Recreation Sports for more information.
$345 was raised for in a live auction of two pots by Art faculty Paul Northway. The money will benefit the annual Call for Scores music competition.
Employee of the Month for March: Alan Garner of the Digital Video labs
Wildcat Award was given to Teaching & Learning Facilitation
Bridgette Keys of the Graduation Team was given a standing ovation for her work at NVC. She’s leaving to be an Education Specialist II at Northeast Lakeview.
To see the meeting, click here.